Tryon D. Lewis is Commissioner of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. He was appointed to the commission by Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 13, 2015, and served as Chair of the Texas Transportation Commission until Sept. 19, 2017.
Lewis is a former state representative from Texas’ 81st District, serving from 2008 to 2015. During Rep. Lewis’ legislative career he served as the chairman of the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee and was the co-chair of the Joint House Senate Committee on Judicial Selection. Rep. Lewis also served on the House Higher Education Committee and the House Committee on Public Safety.
Prior to his service in the legislature, Lewis held office as a state district judge, serving in that capacity from 1985 until 2006. He practiced law in Odessa from 1973 to 1984 and then again from 2006 to present. He is currently a shareholder in the Atkins Hollman Jones Peacock Lewis & Lyon Law Firm.
Lewis has previously served on the boards of local organizations including Meals on Wheels, ECISD Education Foundation, the Permian Playhouse, the Odessa Cultural Council, the state board of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and has served as president of the Ector County Bar Association.
Commissioner Lewis attended Odessa College, the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor Law School. His wife, Trudy, is a retired history teacher. They have two daughters, Eleanor and Annie.